BOSTON (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo had his second career playoff triple-double, scoring 24 points with 13 rebounds and 12 assists on Sunday to lead the Milwaukee Bucks to a 101-89 win over the Boston Celtics in the first second round match. playoffs.
Jrue Holiday had 25 points and 10 rebounds for the defending NBA champions, and Bobby Portis had 15 points and 11 boards to help the Bucks take the home court advantage in the best-of-seven series.
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Game 2 is Tuesday night in Boston.
Jayson Tatum scored 21 points and Jaylen Brown had 12, but the two Boston stars combined to shoot 10 for 31 in the game. Al Horford added 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Celtics.
After knocking out Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving in a four-game sweep over the Brooklyn Nets, Boston couldn’t stop Antetokounmpo — even with Defensive Player of the Year Marcus Smart shaking off a shoulder injury.
The two-time NBA MVP scored eight straight points in Milwaukee late in the first half to take a double-digit lead into the break. Boston was within seven in the final minute of the third quarter before going without a basket for more than four minutes as the Bucks scored 11 of the next 14 points to open a 17-point lead.
Boston has won 26 of its last 32 regular season games and was the only team to sweep its first-round playoff series. Milwaukee advanced by beating the Bulls in five games.
The Celtics led up to eight before Milwaukee scored the final 10 points of the first quarter. Antetokounmpo scored the last six of the half to give the Bucks a 56-46 lead at the break.
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WHO IS SMART
Smart rushed off the floor with 1:12 left in the first half, in obvious pain with his right arm hanging limply beside him, after taking a jab from Jevon Carter in the lane.
The team said at halftime that Smart had a “stinger” on his shoulder and a right bruise. He received a big cheer when he came out of the tunnel for the start of the second half and finished with 10 points and six assists in 33 minutes.
Midway through the third quarter, Robert Williams III fell in midfield after taking a blow to the groin. He went to the tunnel but returned after the timeout.
The Bucks were without Khris Middleton, who is expected to miss at least two games with a medical collateral ligament sprain in his left knee. George Hill also sat with abdominal tension. … Celtics coach Ime Udoka successfully challenged a third-quarter foul on Grant Williams when Grayson Allen lay down after a 3-point attempt. … Antetokounmpo shot 1 for 6 in the third quarter.
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